An information resource – conducting small group community creative arts programs and activities for older adults in London Ontario and surrounding area

The Creative Age Toolkit – this London Ontario and Area edition celebrates older adults’ creative potential and seeks to benefit their overall health through peer support and community engagement. In their Creative Age, older adults can achieve and sustain a sense of mastery and social engagement in ways that value their creative interests, abilities, past experiences, and knowledge.

Participating in quality community arts programs enhance older adults’ quality of life and has research-affirmed health benefits. In a 2001 study by Dr. Gene Cohen, participants in community arts programs reported a higher overall health rating, fewer doctor visits, less medication use, and less instance of falls.

Components of the toolkit include

Faciltator Training

  • effective practices
  • program design
  • marketing and communications
  • evaluation sheet

Local Resources

Grants and Funding

Local London and Area Instructors and Facilitators

Sheila Horrell

June Cole

Dan Ebbs

Sandy Ross

Penny Wearne

Kathy Smith

PDF download “how to” documents (below)